FDA Recalls Six Diet Pills with Hidden IngredientsJuly 9, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled six weight-loss supplements because they contain hidden drug ingredients with dangerous side effects that are not listed on the label.

Recalled weight-loss supplements include:

All of the products contain sibutramine, which is an appetite-suppressing drug that was originally sold as a prescription medication called Meridia. It was pulled off the market in October 2010 after it was linked to a 16% increased risk of cardiovascular events in the SCOUT clinical trial. Serious health risks include heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and death.

Mix Fruit Slimming also contains phenolphthalein, a laxative that is not approved in any medication because it has shown carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects in rodent studies.

The FDA warns that sibutramine and phenolphthalein can cause deadly side effects and/or interact with other medications a patient is taking:

“These products pose a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.”

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